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91 points John Gilman: "The 1996 Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil “Vieilles Vignes” is the first wine I have ever tasted from Domaine Taluau and I was quite impressed. Monsieur Taluau started with a couple of hectares of vines in 1970 and has planted more on his estate as the years have allowed; he was joined full-time at the domaine by his daughter Véronique and her husband, Thierry Foltzenlogel in 1993. The domaine’s ’96 Vieilles Vignes bottling of Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil is deep and complex on the nose, offering up scents of dark berries, cassis, tree ba...
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2021 Domaine les Pins "Les Rochettes" Bourgueil
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90 points Wine Enthusiast: "This wine is young and structured, with complex tannins and vibrant black fruits. Its juicy character has density from the tannins that will soften. *Best Buy* (RV)" (03/2023) K&L Notes: A rich ruby red with notes of violets and red berry fruits, this Cabernet Franc is nicely layered on the palate with brightness running throughout and just a touch of smoke mixed in with some purple fruits. Soft waves of mineral with a nice soft tannin make this a true delight to drink. Domaine les Pins has been family run for five generatio...
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Joël Taluau is a fabulous grower in St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, known for making some of the purest expressions of Cabernet Franc in the Loire. All his hand-harvested cuvées are based on vine age and soil composition, and the wines are fermented and aged in stainless steel with a light fining and no filtration before bottling. The Vieilles Vignes, from a single plot planted in 1934, has power, depth and grace; this, their flagship wine, will improve for the next 7-9 years but can be enjoyed now for those of you who like a mouthful of wine.
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Joël Taluau is a fabulous grower in St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, known for making some of the purest expressions of Cabernet Franc in the Loire. All his hand-harvested cuvées are based on vine age and soil composition, and the wines are fermented and aged in stainless steel with a light fining and no filtration before bottling. The Vieilles Vignes, from a single plot planted in 1934, has power, depth and grace—it's no wonder why it's their flagship wine.
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Joël Taluau is a fabulous grower in St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, known for making some of the purest expressions of Cabernet Franc in the Loire. All his hand-harvested cuvées are based on vine age and soil composition, and the wines are fermented and aged in stainless steel with a light fining and no filtration before bottling.
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Joël Taluau was a fabulous grower in St-Nicolas de Bourgueil known for making some of the purest expressions of Cabernet Franc in the Loire, unmarred by the intrusion of oak. He was also the first producer in the appellation to begin domaine bottling. After Joel passed away, his daughter Veronique now makes wines with the help of her husband, Thierry Foltzenlogel.
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Joël Taluau is a fabulous grower in St. Nicolas de Bourgueil known for making some of the purest expressions of Cabernet Franc in the Loire, unmarred by the intrusion of oak-which he hasn't used in production since 1986. He was also the first producer in the appellation to begin domaine bottling. The Vieilles Vignes, from a single plot of Cabernet Franc planted in 1934, is prized for its power, depth and grace. This flagship wine is meant to age, and this one is really coming into its own.
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Joël Taluau is a fabulous grower in St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, known for making some of the purest expressions of Cabernet Franc in the Loire. All his hand-harvested cuvées are based on vine age and soil composition, and the wines are fermented and aged in stainless steel with a light fining and no filtration before bottling. The Vieilles Vignes, from a single plot planted in 1934, has power, depth and grace; this, their flagship wine, will improve for the next 7-9 years but can be enjoyed now for those of you who like a mouthful of wine.
Price: $29.99

Joël Taluau is a fabulous grower in St. Nicolas de Bourgueil known for making some of the purest expressions of Cabernet Franc in the Loire, which are unmarred by the intrusion of oak. He was also the first producer in the appellation to begin domaine bottling. These days, Joel makes wines with the help of his son-in-law, Thierry Foltzenlogel.
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Joël Taluau was a fabulous grower in St-Nicolas de Bourgueil known for making some of the purest expressions of Cabernet Franc in the Loire, unmarred by the intrusion of oak. He was also the first producer in the appellation to begin domaine bottling. After Joel passed away, his daughter Veronique now makes wines with the help of her husband, Thierry Foltzenlogel. The Vieilles Vignes comes from 35 to 80-year-old vines on clay-limestone soils.
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2022 Franck Millet Sancerre Rouge
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The wines of this family domaine have been a staple here at K&L since the 1994 vintage, when Franck and Betty Millet drove a long way (to Beaune!) on Easter Sunday to meet Clyde and crew to present their wines. We love these wines for their freshness, charm, and affordability. The low-alcohol Millet Sancerre Rouge is 100% Pinot Noir, partially barrel aged, and absolutely delicious. Aromas of cherries and purple flowers give way to a vibrant, crunchy red-fruited palate with just a enough tannins to balance out the juicy fruit.
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2021 Aurore Dezat Sancerre Rouge
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The wines of Aurore Dezat are a regular feature in our wine club offerings, and her vibrant Sancerre is an easy favorite among K&L staff as well. Aurore makes wine on her family estate in Sury-en-Vaux, which was established by her grandfather. Before Aurore took over the estate, most of the fruit was sold off through négociants. She has slowly phased out the négociant contracts. The estate is home to more than just vines, with grain crops and farm animals also finding a home there, but for Aurore, the focus is on the wine. She farms organically and empha...
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91 points James Suckling: " Juicy and playful with notes of dark cherries, stones and dried leaves. Medium-bodied with fine yet firm tannins and fresh acidity. Balanced and lively with a racy character and a pleasant touch of spices and stones kicking in at the finish. From organically grown grapes." (02/2024) K&L Notes: From a more than 22-hectare estate run by Sylvain Bruneau and his wife Angélique.
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Joël Taluau is a fabulous grower in St. Nicolas de Bourgueil known for making some of the purest expressions of Cabernet Franc in the Loire. All grapes are hand-harvested, cuvees are based on vine age and soil composition, and the wines are fermented and aged in stainless steel with just a light fining before bottling. The Vieilles Vignes bottling is based on a single vine plot planted in 1934.
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93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This concentrated, dense wine has impressive black fruits that are sustained by still-young tannins. The ripeness is in balance, giving power to a wine that is still developing. Drink from 2024. (RV)" (05/2022) K&L Notes: Domaine les Pins has been family run for five generations. They are a small artisanal producer that oversees every stage of production from start to finish themselves. They have roughly 30 hectares of Cabernet Franc spread out through the Bourgueil and Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil appellations, and practice s...
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The wines of Aurore Dezat are a regular feature in our wine club offerings, and her vibrant Sancerre is an easy favorite among K&L staff as well. Aurore makes wine on her family estate in Sury-en-Vaux, which was established by her grandfather. Before Aurore took over the estate, most of the fruit was sold off through négociants. She has slowly phased out the négociant contracts. The estate is home to more than just vines, with grain crops and farm animals also finding a home there, but for Aurore, the focus is on the wine. She farms organically and empha...
Price: $29.99

Joël Taluau is a fabulous grower in St. Nicolas de Bourgueil known for making some of the purest expressions of Cabernet Franc in the Loire, which are unmarred by the intrusion of oak. He was also the first producer in the appellation to begin domaine bottling. These days, Joel makes wines with the help of his son-in-law, Thierry Foltzenlogel.
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When Jean Noel Millon took over winemaking and farming at his family's estate in 1998, he represented the seventh generation to do so. The 10-hectare farm is certified organic and Millon complements the soil with herbal teas and homemade composts to strengthen the vines' natural defenses.
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Celine and Benoit Blet, based in Anjou, work all natural, having gained organic certification in 2010. All their certified organic fruit is handled with the care and precision necessary to produce single varietal, natural wines. Soils are clay and sand, fermentations are carried out with native yeasts. The Anjou Demon is 100% Cabernet Franc. *Natural Wine* *No Sulfites Added*
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94 points Vinous: "From vines planted on clay-limestone in 1904, the 2021 Les Mémoires is fragrant, refined and long. It offers up rich concentration within an elegant, rather delicate package. As you'd expect from a wine of this age, it's youthful and bright, with primary fruit aromas of redcurrant alongside florals, black olive and even a whiff of wood smoke. There's certainly depth and substance of tannin, but they melt in your mouth. The finish is refined and assured, with scintillating acidity providing a fabulous backbone. (RG)" (12/2023) K&L Not...
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Vigneron by way of butcher, Pascal Janvier is one of those souls destined to make wine, despite himself. Fortunately, he wised up at age thirty and yielded to his inevitable fate. Today, Pascal and his wife Dominique farm a total of nine hectares in the department of the Sarthe in the Val du Loir, a tiny, stony hillside along the Loir River (a tributary of the Loire River), north of Vouvray that is also the most northerly - and coldest - of the regions of the Loire. The "Cuvée du Rosier" is 100% Pineau d'Aunis from 25-year-old vines planted to 1.6 ha of ...
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Bernard worked as an advisor to the Tours laboratory and studied in Beaune before returning to the Loire and starting his own project on just two hectares in 1975. Now holding 32 hectares throughout Chinon (about 90% of which are planted with Cabernet Franc, with the rest being Chenin), he produces some truly great wines. The 2018 Les Grézeaux is grown just north of his Les Granges, separated by a river and near the bottom of the slope in Sonnay, on gravel and clay soil. It’s the oldest plot on the estate, with the vines being around 60 years old. The n...
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The Vacheron vineyards are all close to the village of Sancerre itself and have been in the family for 9 generations. Today, this domaine is run by two cousins, the Messieurs Vacheron. Both have sons studying viticulture to carry on the family tradition. The vineyards cover 34 hectares with two principal soil types; "silex" and "caillotte" or chalk. Organic viticulture has been a goal of the family for a number of years; as of 2003, the entire estate is certified organic. The following year the winery was converted completely to biodynamic agriculture-to...
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The Vacheron vineyards are all close to the village of Sancerre itself and have been in the family for 9 generations. Today, this domaine is run by two cousins, the Messieurs Vacheron. Both have sons studying viticulture to carry on the family tradition. The vineyards cover 34 hectares with two principal soil types; "silex" and "caillotte" or chalk. Organic viticulture has been a goal of the family for a number of years; as of 2003, the entire estate is certified organic. The following year the winery was converted completely to biodynamic agriculture-to...
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A blend of 90% Pineau d'Aunis and 10% Gamay
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2022 Domaine Pluchot "Arris" Gamay St-Romain Côte Roannaise (Previously $18) (Previously $18)
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Domaine Pluchot, located in Burgundy, France, is renowned for its exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. The winery meticulously cultivates its vineyards, ensuring high-quality grapes. Their wines, celebrated for elegance and complexity, beautifully express the region's character. Domaine Pluchot's commitment to sustainable viticulture enhances is palpable in the glass and the estate has been Certified Organic since 2023.
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A reliable Cab Franc from 40-year-old vines, vinified in stainless steel. An approachable, quaffable red for Friday night pizza.
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The Château du Hureau is located in the small town of Dampierre-sur-Loire, about four miles east of Saumur and 15 miles west of Chinon. The Château itself is an impressive sight, with its 18th-century Mansard roof and octagonal tower topped by a boar-headed weathercock, from which the domaine takes its name—an hureau is an old, solitary wild boar. Behind the Château sits the winery, which was carved out of the limestone cliffs in the 13th century and overlooks the Loire river. For wine lovers, the cave is even more impressive than the Château, with numer...
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Established over 50 years ago, the 4th generation of the Denis family now runs this operation. Julien is the winemaker, Stephane in charge of the viticulture and Vincent oversees the administration and sales. Over the last few decades the property has grown from 5 to 80 hectares that stretch across the appellation including some very select parcels in the Coteaux du Layon (home of one of the region's great dessert wines). The Anjou Villages is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Cabernet Franc grown on volcanic soils. This soil imparts a warmth tha...
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When Jean Noel Millon took over winemaking and farming at his family's estate in 1998, he represented the seventh generation to do so. The 10-hectare farm is certified organic and Millon complements the soil with herbal teas and homemade composts to strengthen the vines' natural defenses. Winery tasting notes: "It is the emblematic wine of the estate with its aromatic expression of red fruit. The palate is crunchy and juicy with ripe, fresh fruit which gives it good drinkability." *Organic*
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Domaine Pluchot, located in Burgundy, France, is renowned for its exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. The winery meticulously cultivates its vineyards, ensuring high-quality grapes. Their wines, celebrated for elegance and complexity, beautifully express the region's character. Domaine Pluchot's commitment to sustainable viticulture enhances the authenticity and quality of their wines. The "Pierre à Bois" cuvée comes from a one-hectare plot at an altitude of 420m, facing south-east on sedimentary granite, whose vines are around forty years old.
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The Vacheron vineyards are all close to the village of Sancerre itself and have been in the family for 9 generations. Today, this domaine is run by two cousins, the Messieurs Vacheron. Both have sons studying viticulture to carry on the family tradition. The vineyards cover 34 hectares with two principal soil types; "silex" and "caillotte" or chalk. Organic viticulture has been a goal of the family for a number of years; as of 2003, the entire estate is certified organic. The following year the winery was converted completely to biodynamic agriculture-to...
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A serious, shy man, Philippe Alliet is the proprietor of this small domaine in Cravant-les-Côteaux, location of some of the best Cabernet Franc vineyards in the Loire Valley. Considered by many to be one of the finest producers in Chinon, Alliet is part of a new generation of Loire winemakers dedicated to low yields, optimally ripe fruit, and fastidious vineyard management. Inspired by the greats of Bordeaux--a region he visits several times a year--he aims to create wines of similar structure and power. From his 12-hectare domaine, Philippe produces a s...
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90 points Vinous: "The 2017 Clos de la Côte is a savory, rich and oaky Cabernet Franc that's starting to show some early development. The mouthfeel is round, full and supple thanks to two years' maturation in barrel while there's good concentration of fruit. It's an impressive style offering ripeness without richness as well as expensive oak-derived vanilla nuances. There's a light sense of tension that comes from its chalky bedrock and the vintage. (RG)" (06/2022) K&L Notes: "I first met vigneron Jean-Noël Millon while attending an organic wine fair i...
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Bid on this 2-bottle tasting lot; including 1-bottle of 2002 Pierre et Catherine Breton Chinon "Picasses" (92JG, 91WS) and 1-bottle of 2015 Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Rouge. Of the 2002 Pierre et Catherine Breton Chinon "Picasses", John Gilman writes: "Their 2002 version is drinking splendidly today, delivering a refined aromatic constellation of red and black cherries, a touch of bell pepper, tree bark, dark soil tones, saddle leather, menthol and an exotic hint of red curry in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and well-balanced, with a lovely core of fruit, fine focus and grip, tangy acids, still a dollop of backend tannin and a long, well-balanced finish. There is just a whisper of brett in this wine, but it is very minor and to my palate, not even a distraction, but people have different tolerances. " (05/2023)
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